When it comes to the future of the Milwaukee Brewers, one has to wonder if the top prospects will live up to the hype surrounding them. The Brewers have a few top notch guys, so how will they fare in the coming year?
The question for this week’s round-table was, “Are there any prospects, in your opinion, that might surprise the Brewers next season?”
“This is a hard round table topic because it seems like every season it is someone new. In 2012 we had Mike Fiers and Taylor Green, in 2013 we had the entire roster…so it could honestly be any player who shows up for camp in late March. I for one, am personally looking forward to Jimmy Nelson.”
“If you’ve read my article noting the top five Brewers prospects (if you haven’t, you should), you’ll know I love Tyrone Taylor and Orlando Arcia. I don’t see any surprise prospects in the system though. It is pretty barren, so anyone with a smidge of hope has already been beaten to death.”
“I expect Jimmy Nelson to move up in the pitching order this year. As Baseball America’s #1 Brewer prospect, Nelson has shown flashes of dominance to keep fans optimistic and hopeful that this 6′ 5″ is durable and can provide twenty something starts in 2014. My prediction is given the opportunity in Spring Training, Nelson will grab the sixth spot in the rotation. My concern is that due to injuries, too much will be expected too soon.”
“Milwaukee has very short list of top prospects, but one guy to keep an eye on is Jason Rogers. The guy has hit his way into prospect status. Originally a first baseman, the Brewers have moved him around to increase his chances of making it to the major leagues. However, the only way Rogers will see time with the Brewers is if the injury bug bites again. His situation could be somewhat similar to Josh Prince‘s in 2013. ”
“Like most of the responses ahead of me, I have to agree I’m excited to see what Nelson could bring to this pitching staff. He’s a guy who’s done well at every level of the minors and had a nice 10 innings in the majors during September. That said, I’m extremely interested to see what Hunter Morris brings to the table. Could he be the future at first base, or will he fizzle out? Hopefully another half a year in Triple-A Nashville will help him iron out any issues at the plate because the team could use him soon.”
Well that’s what we had to say, how about you? Let us know what you think in the comments below!